SKF initative brings greater clarity to fitting instructions

2011 July 06, 16:45 CEST

SKF is the first in the market to start printing its fitting instructions directly inside its timing belt kit product boxes as part of a new initiative to further improve technical standards in the automotive aftermarket and support garage technicians. The kits concerned are SKF timing belt kits (VKMA) as well as SKF timing belt kits with water pump (VKMC). The fitting instructions will be gradually implemented into these boxes as of August 2011.

The precision parts manufacturer has traditionally printed its helpful generic fitting instructions on sheets of paper that have then been inserted into the product boxes. But by printing directly onto the product box, SKF believes its new initiative will bring an added number of practical benefits:

Not only are these latest generic fitting instructions easier to view, there is also no text involved – just simple and clear graphic instructions. The dismantling instructions are conveniently printed on the lid and the installation instructions underneath the product itself.
During tests, SKF has found its generic fitting instructions are easier to read and do not bring unnecessary disruption to the repair routine.
This new initiative will also be good for the environment since SKF will make significant paper savings.

Olivier Vigier, SKF Product Manager Engine & Chassis, said: “We are constantly looking at ways to improve technical competence in the aftermarket and part of that process is making sure vehicle technicians always have the correct technical information at their fingertips. Printing our generic fitting instructions directly onto the timing belt kit product boxes means technicians don’t have to worry about handling separate pieces of paper during the repair process. We are the first supplier to introduce this simple initiative which will definitely help to improve basic working practices.”

This initiative only applies to SKF’s generic fitting instructions for the time being. If a kit requires specific fitting instructions, this will be glued above the generic diagrams on the timing belt kit box or simply inserted in the timing belt kit with water pump box.  Look out for the specific fitting instructions sticker on the box!

SKF initiative


July 6, 2011

During tests, SKF has found its generic fitting instructions are easier to read and do not bring unnecessary disruption to the repair routine.
This new initiative will also be good for the environment since SKF will make significant paper savings.

Olivier Vigier, SKF Product Manager Engine & Chassis, said: “We are constantly looking at ways to improve technical competence in the aftermarket and part of that process is making sure vehicle technicians always have the correct technical information at their fingertips. Printing our generic fitting instructions directly onto the timing belt kit product boxes means technicians don’t have to worry about handling separate pieces of paper during the repair process. We are the first supplier to introduce this simple initiative which will definitely help to improve basic working practices.”

This initiative only applies to SKF’s generic fitting instructions for the time being. If a kit requires specific fitting instructions, this will be glued above the generic diagrams on the timing belt kit box or simply inserted in the timing belt kit with water pump box.  Look out for the specific fitting instructions sticker on the box!
For more information about SKF’s range of aftermarket products, contact your local SKF representative or visit www.vsm.skf.com.
SKF is a leading global supplier in the areas of bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. The Group’s service offer includes technical support, maintenance services, engineering consultancy and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. The Group’s annual sales 2010 were SEK 61,029 million. The number of employees was 44,742. www.skf.com

Install confidence with the SKF DVD catalogue edition #1, 2011

June 23, 2011

Released twice a year, the SKF DVD catalogue gives automotive aftermarket customers easy access to vital information about the company’s expanded product offering for cars and commercial vehicles. In just 6 months, SKF added 237 new kits to its range bringing the total to more than 8,000 kits, covering European as well as Asian car makes.

As an established OE supplier to all major global car manufacturers, SKF’s aftermarket product range covers popular car and commercial vehicle applications required in today’s repair market and is ever striving to reach customer expectations as a ‘one-stop supplier’.

Highlights of edition #1, 2011:

More than a 50% increase in links to car models for the 75 Freewheel alternator pulley kits – bringing the total links to 3695;
Unique to the aftermarket: a range of 10 multi-V belt kits including Freewheel alternator pulley – the VKMAF
Timing belt kits with water pump – the most extensive range available in the aftermarket with a total of 175 kits and over 5300 links to passenger cars.

Also included in the DVD is vital technical information in the form of:

Vehicle specific technical bulletins relevant to over 200 SKF kits including information about:
  • OE/SKF design evolution that could affect kit components or mounting instructions
  • Fitting recommendations
  • Special tools needed for specific SKF kits
  • Engine diagrams relevant to over 500 timing belt kits to help identify the position of the components within the timing system
  • Over 3000 product pictures to help verify the correct component including 3 new product lines: Freewheel alternator pulleys, brake discs & brake drum
  • A selection of vehicle specific installation videos covering a wide range of components
  • All SKF catalogues as downloadable PDF files

The SKF DVD catalogue is based on the popular TecDoc format and comes in a 14-page wallet packed full of aftermarket product and service information, images, advice and tips for both cars and commercial vehicles.


To receive a copy of the latest SKF DVD Catalogue or for more information about the SKF range of aftermarket products, please contact your local SKF representative or visit www.vsm.skf.com


SKF is a leading global supplier in the areas of bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. The Group’s service offer includes technical support, maintenance services, engineering consultancy and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. The Group’s annual sales 2010 were SEK 61,029 million. The number of employees was 44,742. www.skf.com
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Unique to the automotive aftermarket!
The Multi-V belt kit with water pump…Only by SKF

July 1, 2011

SKF’s all-new Multi-V belt kit with water pump (VKMC) brings peace-of-mind to drivers and increases workshop profit margins and efficiency at the same time. As engines become smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient, the role of the cooling system becomes more important.
 
It’s the first time a comprehensive kit, which recognises the role of auxiliary power systems has been offered and reflects the changes in engine design:
Modern engines link more systems together and the use of much longer Multi-V belts means the performance of the belt that is under a lot of stress is more crucial than ever before.
Around 34 percent of cars have water pumps driven by an auxiliary drive system and they are becoming increasingly popular.

A happy customer is a loyal customer – save them the need to return for a second repair which will mean additional costs and potential damage to the other components in the auxiliary system - by changing the water pump at the same time as the Multi-V belt and all metal parts. All components come in one blue box and all with the same SKF warranty terms!


Recent kit launches have covered popular applications:

Manufacturer         Model                            Engine                                     SKF Multi-V belt kit with water pump

AUDI                     VW A3, EOS, Golf V       1.6 FSI                                     VKMC 31047-2

CITROËN, FIAT,      Jumper III, Ducato,        2.2 HDI, 100 multijet 2.2 D,       VKMC 34700
FORD, PEUGEOT    Transit, Boxer III            2.2 TDCI
   
CITROËN, MINI,    Mini, DS3,                        1.4, 1.6                                    VKMC 33410
PEUGEOT              C3, C4, 207, 308, RCZ                                                    (as of September 2011)
   
FORD                    Focus I, Transit                 1.8 TDCI                                 VKMC 34107

OPEL, VAUXHALL     Astra, Corsa, Meriva         1.7 DTI, 1.7 DI                       VKMC 35215-1
   
RENAULT               Laguna I, Scenic I,             1.8, 2.0                                 VKMC 36006
                            Espace III

SEAT                     VW Ibiza II, Golf IV,        1.9 D, 1.9 TDI, 1.9 SDI                VKMC 31030
                            Passat, Sharan                                                                 (as of September 2011)



SKF’s Multi-V belt kit with water pump guarantees workshops can carry out a professional repair with complete confidence: most come with an SKF AquaMax pump, which incorporates the company’s 20 years of expertise in water pump technology and design and all Multi-V belts match the exact OE length.


For more information about the SKF aftermarket product range, please contact your local representative or go to www.vsm.skf.com
SKF is a leading global supplier in the areas of bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. The Group’s service offer includes technical support, maintenance services, engineering consultancy and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. The Group’s annual sales 2010 were SEK 61,029 million. The number of employees was 44,742. www.skf.com
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